Thursday, January 27, 2011


Two weeks ago today, we attended the funeral and celebration of life for our sweet Papaw.
I had not intended to post about it because somehow I thought that might minimize who he was and still is to our family. As I kept thinking about it, knowing that I wanted to include the event in this scrapbook of sorts I am writing...I knew it was appropriate....and needed.

These photos were taken last Christmas, when Papaw was feeling much better.

Papaw was my husband's Step Dad.
He moved into their home when David was 11. He was married to David's Mom for more than 30 years. 
He was present at the birth of all of our children. He was their Papaw.
He was a great husband and companion for Mamaw.
He made the best fudge (with nuts, of course).
He worked hard. He could sleep anywhere.
He loved animals and would take his dog to the drive-thru to get a sausage biscuit.
He loved to talk to people...really talk. He was witty.
He never left without giving a hug.
I am so happy that my children had the chance to really get to know him.


Today is alphabe-thursday. The letter is "P" for Papaw.
I will not be joining in the linky party today though. I want to keep this a little more sacred...just for me, my family and the readers who come here on their own, not linking from a meme.

If you'd like to read more "P'" posts, head on over to Jenny Matlock's blog!.
Jenny Matlock  


  1. It is hard to capture in words sometimes just what someone means to your family. You did a great job.
    I hope that my children's future kids and spouses appreciate The Coach as much.
    My thoughts are with your family.

  2. so sorry for your loss Jen.

    It is wonderful that your children got to know him. There is nothing like the memories with a grandparents!

  3. So sorry for your family's loss. Papaw sounds like a wonderful man! You're children will cherish the memories they have with him.

  4. Jen he is adorable and I am terribly sorry for your loss. My husband's step father is also my kids Papa. He watches them everyday and loves keeping them overnight. What a blessing to your family. You are in my thoughts.

  5. Sorry to hear about losing your Papaw. I know the benefit of having the most wonderful Papaw and Grammy ever. It is always an honor and a blessing to have been a part of such a wonderful persons life.
    Is your husband a twin?

  6. I am so sorry Jen. It is so hard to put things into words, when you are grieving the loss of someone so important! You did a great job. Thinking of you. hugs, Cathy

  7. I'm so sorry, Jen. I know how hard it is to lose your parents. I hope your husband is doing ok, as is the rest of your family. I love you tribute. The part about going thru the Drive-Thru to get his dog a sausage biscuit made me grin from ear to ear. That's the kind of little detail that says so much about a person. Great job!

  8. Such a sweet post...makes me miss my Pop!

  9. So sorry, Jen. I would have guessed, from the pictures he was biological. He looks like all those brothers.

  10. Sorry for your loss, what a touching tribute.

  11. This is such a wonderful tribute to your Pappaw. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  12. so sorry for your loss, jen - wanna know my favorite part about papaw? That he took his dog thru the drive thru for sausage biscuits - that says a lot about the kind of man he was. How blessed you all were to have a man like that for a papaw!

  13. So sorry for your family's loss Jen.
    Such a sweet did a great job of capturing who Papaw was and what he meant to your family. He sounds like a great man.

  14. sorry for your family's loss :(

  15. oh jen... i too am so sorry for your families loss....

    but i believe our children are blessed with the right people in their lives...and he was obviously one of them....

    very cherished photos....

    melissa xx